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1812 Legacy Council to host First Nations performance at Fort Niagara

by jmaloni
Sat, Jun 21st 2014 12:40 am

Watch history come to life with the site-specific multi-disciplinary performance that honors First Nations warriors of the War of 1812, featuring Onkwehonwe families who sacrificed to protect Haudenosaunee sovereignty, culture and land.

This is a unique, modern form of storytelling from the perspective of First Nations people.

Two free performances, sponsored by the Niagara 1812 Bicentennial Legacy Council, will take place at dusk Saturday, June 29, and Sunday, June 30, inside the walls of Old Fort Niagara. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the performance starting at approximately 9 p.m. or dusk, inside the fort. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets (no seating provided).

Rain location will be at First Presbyterian Church, 100 Church St., Youngstown (northeast corner of Main and Church streets, four blocks south of Fort Niagara's southern park entrance.)

The world premiere of "The Honouring" was held at Fort York in Toronto last June, with great reviews. Also last year, the Niagara 1812 Bicentennial Legacy Council and Niagara Parks Commission hosted "The Honouring" at Old Fort Erie with more than 500 people per night, on June 29 and 30.

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre is one of Canada's leading contemporary dance companies. Exploring the intersection of indigenous and new dance performance, it is internationally renowned for artistry, creative excellence and collaboration. KDT's embodiment of spirituality within traditional culture and innovative storytelling is conveyed through cinematic imagery and virtuosic performance that electrifies audiences on the world stage. Founded by Onkwehonwe artistic director and choreographer Santee Smith (Kahnyen'kehàka - Mohawk Nation), it features innovative, transformative and culturally power-packed performances that distinguish Santee as one of Canada's most exciting choreographers. Kaha:wi (Ga-HA-Wee) means "to carry" in the Mohawk language and is a traditional name for Smith's family.

For more information on these performances, email [email protected]2.com or phone Old Fort Niagara at 716-745-7611.

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